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League of Women Voters
Napa County

Since 1920, the League of Women Voters has believed "in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy. That's been our vision since 1920, when the League of Women Voters was founded by leaders of the women’s suffrage movement.

"For 100 years, we have been a non-partisan, activist, grassroots organization that believes voters should play a critical role in democracy."

League of Women Voters - Napa County, offers an online "election toolkit." It features all the information and links you'll need to plan your vote, whether for national or local elections.

Know Who You're Voting For Locally?
Free, online forum: City of Napa Mayoral and City Council candidates will answer questions. Simultaneous Spanish translation provided. You may submit questions in advance. See flyer.
DAY/DATE/TIME: Thurs., Sept. 24,
SPONSOR:  Napa Housing Coalition

Compost Corner
When Masks Aren't on Your Face,
Put Them in Their Place

Responses graciously provided by Tim Dewey-Mattia,
Napa Recycling & Waste Services.
From our good friends at Napa Recycling and Waste Services comes this important message.

"In the midst of a global pandemic it’s not surprising that the use of disposable face masks and gloves has been on the rise. While these items of personal protective equipment (PPE) are helping to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus, they are also causing problems for our waste streams when disposed of improperly.

"All face masks, gloves and other PPE should be tossed in the garbage whether or not they have been used. Thanks."

For questions about composting
or recycling, click below. Write "Compost Corner" in subject line.
Let the Napa Farmers Market Know
How Much You Appreciate Them.

The Napa Farmers Market is in the running to be voted the #1 farmers' market in the US. How great is that?

Napa is currently #4 nationwide. Oh, no -- it's just slipped from 3rd! In addition to a $1000 prize and bragging rights, we'll be able to share this well-deserved honor with our neighbors and visitors. Can you imagine a farmers market more flexible? More concerned about the well-being of its vendors and customers? More gracious?

Voting closes on Sunday, September 20.

Please share this link with your mailing list and on social media. Let's bring some light to 2020.
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The CanDo Spotlight 

Events and Volunteer Opportunities
from Groups Around the Valley.
Tell 'em you heard about it through CanDo!

Note: Posting events in this "Spotlight" does not constitute an endorsement by
Napa Valley CanDo unless expressly stated. We list a variety of opportunities
and programs we feel may be of interest to our readers.

Explore! Enjoy! Get involved!
Sponsor: Napa County Bicycle Coalition
Join the Napa County Bicycle Coalition for a fun morning of riding bikes! Our free Family Biking Workshops provide kids (and their parents) with the skills and confidence necessary to ride safely around town and with traffic. Our workshops are led by nationally certified bicycle instructors and leave kids and parents with the skills and a better understanding of how to ride a bike safely.
DAY/DATE/TIME: Sat., September 19, 9-11AM
LOCATION: Crane Park, St. Helena
FFI: Email, call 707.258.6317, or visit their website.
Sponsor: Napa Bookmine
Did you know that September is Food Literacy Month? Established in 2012, the goal of food literacy month is "to raise awareness of how to make food choices that are 'good for people and good for the planet,' while also building community" - both messages we fully support! Because of coronavirus and social distancing, Food Literacy Month looks a little different this year. Enter our friend Carrie Strohl from The School Garden Doctor, a nonprofit organization working to empower teachers, schools, and communities to grow school gardens that enhance science education, nurture wellness, and foster environmental literacy. This fall, Carrie has taken her Common Core Cooking program online, empowering families and teachers alike to embrace the many benefits of cooking and gardening from home with weekly activities and educational posts. To support Food Literacy Month. Napa Bookmine is offering a generous deal! For one week only (September 20 - September 26), buy any of the featured titles (for kids or adults) and 20% of the proceeds will support The School Garden Doctor!
DAY/DATE/TIME: Week of Sept. 20-26
LOCATION: Napa Bookmine
FFI: Email, call 707.733.3199, or visit their website.
Sponsor: Napa Friends (Quakers), Napa Unitarians
This peace vigil has been ongoing since the invasion of Iraq. We stand witness to the misuse of the US military and urge an end to oil imperialism. This month's vigil is aligned with the International Campaign For Nonviolence, via Pace E Bene. This is a vigil, not a protest nor a demonstration. Bring a hat, a mask, water, a chair if you like, and any appropriate sign or banner, though we can provide either. Also, bring a peaceful heart, and an active awareness of the need for physical distancing.
DAY/DATE/TIME: Sun., September 27, 2-4PM
LOCATION: Corners of Third and Soscol Streets, Napa
FFI: Email, call 707.287.8634, or visit their website.
Sponsor: Napa County Bicycle Coalition
Help kick off Bike Month in Napa County! Enjoy a morning bike ride to your local Farmers Market and feel secure knowing your bike is safely parked with Napa County Bicycle Coalition's free bike valet service. Just drop off your bike and take your time selecting fresh produce. When you’re ready to leave, Napa Bike will have your bike ready for you. Staff and volunteers will be equipped with PPE and will practice social distancing to ensure that everyone can ride and shop safely. Bike parking is from market opening (8 AM) to closing (12 PM). Interested in volunteering at the bike valet? Send an email, or call us at 707.319.1538.
DAY/DATE/TIME: Sat., October 3, 8AM-noon
LOCATION: Napa Farmers Market, 1000 West Street
FFI: Email, call 707.258.6317, or visit their website.
Sponsor: OmaiGrace/NVUU Death Positive Events
Death Café Napa is a welcoming space to talk about death & dying/life & living together with friends, family, strangers or anyone wanting to join a discussion of all things death-related. Share your fears, tears, laughter, curiosity, creativity, stories or just lend an open ear as we gather in a safe, relaxed and supportive online setting. Join Anne Jungerman of OmaiGrace/NVUU Death Positive Event Series, consultant/advocate for advance health & death care planning, along with co-facilitator Anne House, Volunteer Services Manager at Collabria Care, for a group-directed conversation with no set agenda, theme or objective.
DAY/DATE/TIME: Thursday, September 24, 4-6PM
COST: Open to the public . Admission is free with donations gratefully accepted.
FFI: Email, call 707.738.6271, or visit their website to register.

Other Things You CanDo to Get Involved
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CanDo has a simple, yet dynamic program to share food with neighbors in need every two months while building community. Our Napa Valley Food Project works in collaboration with the CANV Napa Valley Food Bank. Email Marilyn. 
Preventing food insecurity: In CanDo's Garden for the Food Bank we grow fresh, local produce for the CAN-V Food Bank. CanDo's Food Rescue Team collects produce from generous Napa Farmers' Market vendors for the Food Bank and Homeless Shelter. Email Karen.
Our volunteers help raise funds and awareness for local nonprofits in a year-end giving campaign. 2.3 million dollars has been raised to date and CanDo takes no fee. Planning begins each spring, but help is welcome all year long. Email hilary or Nancy.
Waterways Women
Waterway Keepers began as a CanDo project. Now it's orchestrated by our friends at the Napa Co. Resource Conservation District. Volunteers help maintain our river and streams to keep them vibrant and alive. Email Ashley.
Like to Have Your Event in the CanDo Spotlight?
Are you a nonprofit in need of volunteers? Or do you have a fundraiser, educational opportunity or fun event you'd like to share in CanDo's SPOTLIGHT? 

Space permitting, posts run up to three weeks prior to your event. Photos you'd like us to consider MUST be sent as a jpg. 

FFI: Learn more and submit event here.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, 6PM for the following Tuesday's blast. 

The Choices We Make

Napa Valley CanDo seeks to inspire and facilitate action by alerting interested Valley resi-dents about opportunities for service. If you participate as a volunteer in an activity that you learned about through Napa Valley CanDo, whether initiated by CanDo or another orga-nization, please take personal responsibility for your involvement. Use common sense.
Only you can determine whether an activity is a good fit, that is to say compatible
with your interests and abilities.